New Review: Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer

The Arizer Solo II, as it maker likes to refer to it, is a bit larger than what you might expect from a portable vaporizer designed for dried blends but it’s still a whole lot more portable than Arizer’s Extreme Q, which is designed for the desktop but does have a battery pack that makes it cordless for those of you who don’t already know. Now while it’s not the smallest, it is small enough that we have managed to put it into some pockets. If you’re thinking a small pocket on your pants, you might want to think again. While it might fit there, there’s a chance it’ll be a tight squeeze. But if you have baggy pockets on your pants or a big pocket on your jacket, you can easily stash it away. Then again, you can also clip it to your belt using its belt-clip carrying case accessory. But if you’re trying to be a bit more discreet, a big pocket, purse, or backpack should suffice. So it’s not the most portable, that much is clear. But it’s still a more than worthwhile vape and we’re going to tell you why.

The Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer
This is the portable vaporizer known as the Arizer Solo II. It’s a conduction style portable with a digital temperature control system that’s designed to vaporize dried blends on the go. You can click the image above to read our full review on our website at VaporizerShark.com

For one, the new Solo has digital temperature controls – something the original didn’t have, at least not like this. The original had preset temps and just a couple of handfuls to choose from, less even. Which hardly compares to the wide range of temperatures that the new version offers, all of which accessible via the builtin digital temperature controls, which entail a big display and buttons to push the temp up and down. Easy to use? Super easy to use. We love it. Reminds us of the Mighty by Storz & Bickel or the Ascent, only a much better display than the Ascent in our opinion. It also has more battery life than the original, which is good because who wouldn’t want more? The original had enough but this extended battery life, which is about double what the original offers, is that much more – easily enough to get through the day even if you share some of that precious battery life with your friends. It’s also, in a general sense, much more powerful.

How’s the Vapor?

The vapor is really one of the big talking points here for a couple of reasons: it’s one of the most important variables to assess and it’s one of the aspects where the Solo 2 really shines. The vapor quality we see coming out of the new Solo is super impressive. This is serious vapor production and we wouldn’t expect any less from Arizer. They’ve shown a lot of improvement with the new version and this is one area where there’s no exception – the vapor is definitely better with the S2 and the original. A job well done in this regard. It’s tasty, thick, and pure. And where it’s not quite that smooth, you can make it smoother with a water piece attached to it, which is something you can actually do thanks to the adapter that Arizer makes for it. Really all of the bases covered, except for one: the draw resistance. It really could have less draw resistance. While this isn’t an issue, it does make it a little less pleasant to use. But if you can get over that, or if you can master a little trick to decrease the draw resistance we outlined in our in-depth Arizer Solo 2 review published on our site, you’ll absolutely love using this vape. Its vapor production is out of this world. Definitely top tier as far as vapor production goes. You’ll be hard pressed to find a dry blend portable that produces better vapor than this bad boy here.

Precision Temperature Control

When it comes to controlling this vape’s temp, Arizer makes it easy. Instead of limiting your options, the S2 offers a full range of vaping temps to choose from. And accessing them is made easy via the display, which shows the current and set temps, and temperature adjustment buttons that let you make adjustments on the fly with great ease and a high level of precision. This is basically a home run as far as we’re concerned, Arizer really hit it out of the park with the S2’s temp controls and it shows, especially in comparison to the original Solo vaporizer’s.

How does it work?

The Solo 2 uses conduction to heat the blend. When you draw on it, the vapor travels from the stainless steel bowl through the glass mouthpiece and to your mouth. There are a few different options as far as mouthpieces/stems are concerned. You can use the straight one, one with a mouthpiece tip, a bent one, and even attach it to your favorite water piece and hit it through that. Whatever option you choose, you’ll almost certainly be impressed with the outcome. After you’re done, it’ll turn off automatically thanks to its auto-shutoff timer. A lot of the features it has can be accessed/controlled through the menu which you access by clicking the big button in between the temperature control buttons. We suggest setting the startup timer to the lowest interval so you can get to vaping quicker when you first turn it on.

To help explain how it works, here’s a video published on YouTube by Got Vape, one of the most well known names in the vaporizer industry.

Arizer Solo 2 Tips

Want some tips on how to use it? We’ve compiled some here for you to enjoy. We have more information on how to use the Arizer Solo 2 on our website at VaporizerShark.com so be sure to head on over there and check out our complete Solo 2 review to learn more if you’re not finding what you want to learn here in this brief review summary we’ve shared here on our blog on WordPress.

  • Really grind your blend up well because if you grind it well and pack it loose while you vape at high temps, you’ll get some SERIOUS vapor production. No exaggeration here – you’re going to be impressed with the vapor it spits out when you vape like this.
  • Try lifting the stem up a little bit so that some air can flow through the bottom if you’re having trouble with draw resistance.
  • Want to make the vapor smoother? Use the water adapter to connect your favorite water piece.
  • Buy the car charger if you spend a lot of time on the road, it’ll help ensure that you’re never out of juice when you want to use it.
  • Share it with your friends. They’re going to love you for it.

Comparison: Arizer Solo VS Solo 2

How do these two vapes stack up against each other? That’s a great question to ask. Why bother getting the new one instead of the old one? The answer is simple: because it’s better. But why exactly it’s better is something we’ll explain to you. It has improved battery life, more power, better vapor, better temperature controls, a wide temperature range, and it’s even a little bit smaller. All in all, it’s just clearly superior. If you have to choose, definitely go with the new one because it’s that much better. But if you do have to pickup the original instead for whatever reason, be it the cost or what have you, you will not be disappointed because even though it’s inferior to the Solo II, it’s still a really good vape. Absolutely solid in our book. You’ll love it. You’ll just love the new version that much more. We wrote about this topic much more extensively in an article we published on LinkedIn, titled: “Why The Arizer Solo 2 Is That Much Better Than The Original Solo Vaporizer” – a long title we admit, but it gets the point across, no?

The Heat Up Time

Why is this a big deal? That answer should be obvious but if it’s not here’s why: waiting around for your vape to heat up when you want to get to vaping as quickly as possible is awful. So when your vape takes minutes to heat up and you’re trying to take some quick puffs and be on your way, you’re going to wish you went with a vape like the Solo 2 instead. It heats up in less than a minute. Less than 30 seconds for that matter. It is, needless to say, impressive. You will not be disappointed with the heat up time. Still, there are better – the Firefly 2 in particular comes to mind with its near-instant heat up time. But when it comes to heat up times in general, the S2 is definitely on the right side of the equation.

Who is the Solo 2 designed for?

This is the kind of vape that you could give to a first time vaper with a packed stem and tell them where to stick it and they’d probably figure out the rest on their own. It’s that easy. It’s also great for experiences vapers who just need a really good portable vape and don’t mind the extra size (it’s not the smallest) because it pushes out vapor like it’s a plugin vape only it’s 100% portable. So it really doesn’t matter who you are, there’s a good chance this hi-quality portable Arizer vaporizer is a good fit for you so long as quality vapor, ease of use, and dry blends only is what you have in mind. Although, we do want to note that if you check out our full review on our site, you will find more information on its potential to vape concentrates so if you’re curious about that — whether it can vape various forms of extracts — be sure to check out our complete review, which we’ll link to again at the bottom of this article in case you missed it earlier.

How does it compare to the Arizer Air?

This is an interesting comparison and while we have tested the Air, we have yet to publish a review for it on our website. However, we did notice an Arizer Air review on VapeGuide.com that’s more or less in line with our own view on it after having tested it somewhat extensively so if you want to learn more about it, you can always take a look at their review. But for now, we’ll offer a quick breakdown on the differences in order to explain why we prefer the Solo 2 even though it is quite a bit bigger. Basically, the Solo 2 is better in every way with two exceptions: portability (size) and battery life. While the Solo 2’s battery actually lasts longer, the Air offers a feature that we love to see in portable vapes: the ability to swap out a dead battery for a fresh one. So as soon as it’s done, no need to wait for it to recharge, you can just move on to the next. But it is worth noting that the Solo 2 does have the ability to be used while it’s charging so there’s no actually waiting for it to recharge – only you do have to plug it in to recharge which temporarily transforms it into a plugin vaporizer. Once it’s adequately charged, back to a portable. But then there’s the size difference. The Air is the right size but it lacks in features and quality what the Solo 2 delivers in stride. Both are good but the Solo 2 is better. However, if you need something smaller, the Arizer Air is an excellent alternative.

Basic Maintenance

Keeping the Solo II clean isn’t the easiest task but it’s far from difficult. There are definitely portables that are far more of a pain to clean. This is definitely one of the easiest we’ve come across thus far. All you do is pull the stem, drop it in isoproyl alcohol (ISO) and let it soak for a while then rinse it under warm water and let it dry. Take a cotton swab of sorts and gently dip it in some ISO and use it to clean the oven area. Make sure you run some temp cycles after to burn off any leftover residue and you’re good to go. That’s basic maintenance for you. Couldn’t be easier.

Learn More

To learn more about the Arizer Solo II, check out our complete review on our website, which you can find here: https://vaporizershark.com/arizer-solo-2-review/

That link will take you directly to our complete Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer review on our website at VaporizerShark.com, which is where you’ll find a much more in-depth analysis of the new Solo along with additional technical information, tips, and various insights. You’ll also find more comparisons in which we compare it to its most formidable competitors to see how it fares – competitors which include the likes of the newest Pax vaporizer, the Pax 3, and the newest Storz & Bickel vaporizers, the Crafty and Mighty, and others. You definitely want to check it out if you still have questions about the Solo 2 or just want to learn more about it in general. And while you’re there, you’ll find additional vaporizer reviews as well as reviews of vaporizer accessories, not to mention our growing repository of vaping guides and vapor industry news updates. So in a general sense, if you just want to learn more about vaping and the products that compose the industry, head on over to our site and take a stroll through the world of vaporization with us as your guide.

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New Review: Pax 3 Vaporizer

Pax 3, the latest in the Pax vaporizer series, came out late last year (release date: November 2016). Now that it’s nearly a year old, which is fairly old given that vape years are much like dog years, it’s about time we got around to sharing our thoughts on it, which we’ve done in the form of our recently published Pax 3 review. For reference, you can click that link to check out our full review or continue reading as we share some thoughts on what we discovered during our extensive testing. Mind you, the real review can be found on our site, this is just a brief overview coupled with a recap of what you’d otherwise find discussed in great depth in our full review.

What is Pax 3?

Pax Vaporizer 3
Meet Pax 3, the latest iteration of the Pax Vaporizer by PaxLabs. This is the “Rose Gold” color, one of the color options currently available.

Wondering what this bad boy is? It’s a vaporizer, a portable one. And it’s not like many of the other vaporizers you might have come across, that is, unless you’ve come across a Pax before. In which case, if you’re familiar with the last one, the Pax 2, you’ll find the two to be very similar. In comparison to the original, it’s literally worlds apart – it’s just that much better, so much better that there’s hardly anything worth comparing between the two. But in comparison to the Pax 2, what we found is a better vape. We liked the second one, but this third one, wow. What can we say? It really is worthy of its status as a top tier vape on our site. Why? Well, just look at the features. It has just about everything shy of replaceable battery, which is one aspect that we don’t really appreciate given how handy it is to be able to replace a drained battery for a fully charged one. But looking passed this minor fault, this is one vape that you just have to see for yourself. It’s beautiful. Reminiscent of an Apple product, which is something that we’ve said before while discussing the original. And it’s true, only it’s more true now than it ever was.

This sleek portable with its unassuming appearance packs a lot under its pretty exterior. For example, it uses haptic feedback, which some of you might not be familiar with by name. This is the technical term for the technology that senses you, the user. And in the case of this new Pax vaporizer, it works really well as it literally detects your lips on the mouthpiece. Why would you want it to do this? Well, for one, it’s nice to have a vape that knows when it’s in use. This way, the vape can work in your favor, adjusting the heat while it’s in use and cooling it down more quickly while it’s not in use. And that is exactly what it does. It even has different modes to adjust the heating and cooling. So if you’re looking for powerful hits, it has a setting for that. But if it’s conservation you want, well, there are efficiency-minded settings for that as well. Accessing these settings is easy thanks in part to the new app that Pax Labs released to accompany it. With it, the app, you can do more than take control over the heating element as it allows you to adjust the temperature to a temperature (within its range) of your choosing. As if that wasn’t cool enough, it also offers some free games, which you might actually find entertaining. We found the spin-the-bottle variant to be particularly appealing – a nice way to get vaped with your friends.

Games are cool, but what else can it do?

We talked about the haptic feedback, we talked about the games, and we even briefly dived into the temperature controls, but what we haven’t talked about it is what it can do. Which is why we want to take a moment to take note of the fact that this is a dual-use vaporizer. While last we checked, damage caused by vaping concentrates isn’t covered under the manufacturer’s limited 10-year warranty, this vape can handle concentrated blend types in addition to the more standard dry blends. How well does it work? Given its small size, we’d have to say that it works surprisingly well. It could be better, as we see with the Crafty and Mighty vaporizers, but for how small it is, it’s actually really impressive. But vaping concentrates and dried blends is what some have come to expect from modern portables in light of such vapes as the Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci, which really did well to set the bar high for the rest of the portable vaporizer manufacturers. So what else can this pocket-friendly vape do? Quite a bit. For instance, it’s capable of dropping into stealth mode, which entails lower lights and less smell. For those who want to vape without drawing attention to themselves and what they’re doing, it’s a nice little feature to take advantage of. But all these things aside, the real question is, how well does it stack up to its competitors?

In comparison to the DaVinci IQ, which we have a review for here, it fairs well. We actually rated it slightly higher on our website in part because it’s dual-use, whereas the IQ is not, and because it’s more compact – making that much more portable. But in comparison to the likes of Storz & Bickel’s Crafty and Mighty, it doesn’t fair quite as well given that both of the aforementioned produce vapor on par with high-end plugins. Yeah, they seriously are that good. But is it worth buying? That’s the question we’ll answer next.

Worth the money?

While we can’t answer this question for everyone given that we don’t know everyone’s situation (budget, preferences, needs, etc), what we can say is that the Pax is an awesome vape for those who need something small with a low odor. In comparison to other vapes of its type, it’s not as stinky. For those who are trying to be inconspicuous with their vaping, this is definitely a good thing. Then there’s the size aspect. It might not be as small as the Magic Flight Launch Box, but it’s small enough to literally fit into any pocket we’ve considered putting it in. And it, in our opinion, works quite a bit better than the MFLB. So when you look at all of this and take into account the fact that it’s cheaper than some of the other high-end portables, it quickly becomes obvious, at least to us, that the Pax 3 is a reasonably priced portable vaporizer that brings a lot to the table. If you want to know more, we suggest taking a look at our review, which you can find on our site at VaporizerShark.com or simply following the link at the top of this page (in the opening paragraph).

Pax 3 Comparisons

We spent a bit of time during the review process comparing it to other vapes, popular ones, direct rivals really. And what we found was that the P3 actually does quite well against the competition, which you might not gather from what we said about it in comparison to the Crafty and Mighty, but those are literally the best of the best at the moment and even then, the P3 is substantially smaller than either – so it’s easy to see how some might prefer it over either of the aforementioned portable vapes. As far as we’re concerned, its real competitors are the Firefly 2, the latest Firefly vaporizer, and the IQ, the latest DaVinci vaporizer. We have in-depth comparisons between the P3 and the Firefly 2 as well as the IQ embedded in our full-length Pax 3 vaporizer review so if you want to see how they compare, take a look – you might even be surprised by what we found. We know we were.

The Maintenance

Real quick, before we end this little update to our blog that you’re reading, we want to talk about the maintenance requirements for this vape because that, to us, is an important topic. With portable vaporizers, the cleaning can be a real disaster, which is why we were extremely pleased to find that the new Pax is actually pretty easy to clean. The original was a joke when it first came out. If you didn’t clean it enough, which was really hard to do mind you, the mouthpiece would get sticky and then eventually, it’d just get stuck. Obviously that was pretty far from ideal, especially seeing as the mouthpiece coming out activated the heating element so if it got stuck, which it would, no heat, no vapor, pointless device. Right? So now with this version, none of that is an issue. It’s actually one of the easier vapes to clean and even if you don’t, you won’t run into any problems surrounding the mouthpiece getting stuck because it just doesn’t happen. Big improvement there.

Temperature Options

And real quick because we’re already talking about this vape so much, we just want to talk a little bit about the temperature controls. You basically have five options. The first four are programmed into the unit and can’t be changed but the last one, the fifth option, is one you set yourself using the app. So if you don’t have a smartphone or similar app-compatible device, you’ll be missing out on this fifth temperature setting which is whatever temp you want to set it to. The temperature range on the Pax 3 starts at 360 degrees Fahrenheit and ends at 420 degrees Fahrenheit. Not the widest range but good enough if you ask us. However, we would have preferred to see the top end of the range a bit higher, perhaps another 15 or so degrees. But even without those extra degrees, it’s still hot enough to vape concentrates so that’s good enough for the most part.

This blog update detailing our recently published review of the Pax 3 portable vaporizer is brought to you by VaporizerShark.com